How Clean Was Your Hotel Bedspread?
TripAdvisor, the travel review site, has just come out with its 2006 list of the ten dirtiest hotels in the U.S. The list, based on travelers' reviews:
1. Tropicana Resort Hotel, Virginia Beach
2. Hotel Carter, New York City
3. Days Inn Downtown, Port, Miami, Fla.
4. Budget Inn, Knoxville, Tenn.
5. Red Carpet Inn, Fort Lauderdale
6. New York Inn, New York
7. Poindexter Ocean Front Resort, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
8. Days Inn, Lancaster, Pa.
9. Ramada Inn Miami Airport North, Miami
10. Sea Club Resort, Fort Lauderdale
Nobody should have to suffer a dirty place of lodging. But this list raises as many questions as it answers.
First, I wonder, how much we can trust the reviews that resulted in the list? For all its usefulness, TripAdvisor doesn't do much to vet the reviews that are posted. (Although one hotel owner in Scotland was nabbed a couple of months ago for writing glowing TripAdvisor write-ups about his own place.) Who's to say that the negative reviews were not written by competitors of these places, disgruntled employees or really picky travelers?
Further, can these really be the dirtiest places in the country? How likely is it that of all the lodging places from Maine to Hawaii that four of the 10 dirtiest are in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area? Maybe some of you folks have been to places that you think ought to be on that list?
Have any thoughts about the trend in travelers becoming instant critics? I'd be interested in hearing them. If you've stayed in any of the 10 places listed, your take would be appreciated. Or maybe you have nominations for the 2007 list.
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